Who wants to feel like a twit when they tweet?
Not this girl.
So why shy away from this social media outlet? It’s different… It’s scattered… I don’t know what I’m doing. Well you SHOULD use twitter, especially if you are a writer! WHY? It will help you with word count, keep you updated in the field, have at-the-scene at conferences, make friends, have some laughs, OH and MARKET YOURSELF!
You have 140 characters (including spaces) to say what you have to say and let that baby fly! Picture Book Writers… this is for you! Not a picture book writer??? WELCOME TO MY WORLD. >:-} Every word counts. Cut, tighten and hit send.
UPDATES IN THE FIELD
Follow editors, houses, agents, and other authors/illustrators. You find out what is being published, who may be open to submissions, where someone might be speaking at, contests, and and and… you’re getting the picture right?
OK, so we all can’t make it to conferences. BUT you can feel like you are there. Really! There are tweeters using hashtags in their posts so you can search for them and read all about it.
LAUGHTER & FRIENDS
Follow your friends and see what they are up to, there are different chats that you can attend and some spoofs of those chats can get hilarious! You will get a glimpse into lives and some may shock you at how funny, sarcastic, amusing, and boring they can be.
Yes, you can market yourself on Twitter. Post news about your books, appearances, blogs, and on. One thing I would suggest though. Don’t over market yourself. No one wants to feel like they are being spammed. I try to participate in chats, promote other people, post pictures of my pets, scenery and nail art, and well anything else that might interest me. Keep it versatile and interesting. I really try not to put too much thought into it. I try to be me… the good, the bad, and the ugly.
–CHATS & HASHTAGS… OH MY!–
One way to totally throw yourself into the Twiterverse is to join a chat. Chats can easily be followed by using hashtags (#). There are chats on every subject you can think of (legally), I bet. Two I like to follow are #pblitchat & #kidlitchat. There are ‘specials’ too. Where agents and editors let you ask questions or you can join a pitch chat and hope to catch the attention of an agent or editor.
Lots of good things… so much I can’t even cover it all! I want to give you a few links to keep reading though:
- Debbie Ohi’s Twitter Guide for Authors & Illustrators (free)
- Katie Davis’ Twitter for Beginners (paid)
Both of these are worth the time (and money) to read through.
Now go on and spread your wings… before you know it you will be soaring through Twitter and not feeling like a twit at all!